"Gas and Glory"
This cartoon from the 1852 presidential campaign is a satire on Pierce's ineptness as an officer during the Mexican War. On the left frame, in "New Hampshire," Pierce trains volunteer militia, telling them, "Forward! my brave Compatriots preserve but that undaunted front, and victory is ours." In "Mexico," Pierce lags behind his troops, holding his stomach and complaining, "Oh! how bad I feel, and every Step I go forward, I feel worse. I got such a pain in the abdomen I must resign my Command and go home." A soldier in the group looks back, saying, "Come along Gineral Pierce! heres them ere enemies you used to talk about on trainin down East: Hurry up and lick em."
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